Oh no! I think my roof is leaking

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The phone rang late last evening, on the other line was an exhausted mother. There was water dripping from the ceiling in her home, again. This was the third time in the last several months in which water was dripping from recently painted sheet rock. After calling the contractor whom originally replaced her roof three years ago, she gave Wollman Construction a call. She explained, the roof was replaced three years prior. There appeared to be a leak of some kind. There was now water dripping from the ceiling, again. The previous contractor was no longer returning her phone calls, and she had no answer as to why water was leaking through the sheet rock ceiling.
We arranged for Clifford to swing by the next day and take a look at the roof and problem at hand.  After formal introductions, the roof was inspected. There appeared to be no visible damage to the roof.

Subsequently, the next place to examine was the attic. Upon entering the attic, the most common places for a roof leak were checked. The pipes and vents extending through the roof were clear and not the cause of any moisture penetrating the attic. Even though they were clear, the rest of the attic was not. It was an especially cold morning, and the entire attic was coated in condensation.

Below is a photo of a box vent, also known as a turtle vent.

roof vent with moisture condensation

The most puzzling question is how did the moisture enter the attic, and how did the moisture level increase to the point of penetrating the sheet rock?

We will be exploring the reason behind high moisture levels in an attic over the course of the next several blog posts.

See ya’ soon.

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  • […] Last post we spoke about a client whose attic had high moisture levels. Clifford had checked for penetration through the roof deck, because common causes of water damage on interior ceilings are roof leaks. Clifford’s inspection revealed no damage on the roof which would cause water to penetrate into the attic and cause damage. Upon entering the attic, the interior of the attic was inspected for non-common causes of moisture entering the attic. […]

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